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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and systems engineering focuses on improving operations within organizations, such as factories, hospitals, warehouses, airports, etc.  Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy and other commodities. This is why many industrial engineers end up being promoted into management positions.

This course is organized around four themes:

  • Manufacturing,
  • Transportation,
  • Logistics & Supply Chain, and
  • Healthcare

For each theme the course will introduce

  • Operational issues faced by the organization,
  • Tools industrial engineers use to address them,
  • Plant tours to see these systems in operation, and
  • Visits with practicing professionals and faculty.

Course Requirements

The criteria for assigning grades for the course are the following:

  • completion of weekly homework,
  • class participation, including board work, and
  • preparation of a poster/presentation (team-based).

Passing grade for the course: C

Credit Hours: 3

Course Instructors

Dr. John E. Kobza, Course Director

John is the Department Head and Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. John received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University, received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, and received his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. John’s research interests include:

  • Modeling, Analyzing and Designing Systems involving uncertainty and risk.
  • Applying Quality Tools to Improve the Performance of Organizations, such as Healthcare Systems.

Floyd Ostrowski, Course Director

Floyd is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He has a forty year progressive track record in advanced manufacturing concepts beginning as a machinist apprentice and culminating in a Chief Operating Officer position with multi-plant, multi-state, international operations experience, and strong lean manufacturing skills. Floyd has attained results that have radically streamlined and improved supply chain processes, achieving entitled levels of profitability, responsiveness, inventory turns and customer satisfaction. This was accomplished through driving the implementations of JIT (pull replenishment), TQM, and employee empowerment (Kaizen blitz events and cross functional teams).

Floyd received his BA in Business Administration from Antioch University. He received his MS in Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Concentration, from East Carolina University.

Ethan Deakins, Teaching Assistant

More info to come.

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